In the midst of an ongoing crack down on NGOs and individuals in Egypt that has included arrests and mass trials, we spoke with American University in Cairo Associate Professor Amy Austin Holmes about what she has observed and encountered. Holmes is currently a fellow with the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program and her status report on the health of Egypt’s civil society provides the focus for this edition of Wilson Center NOW.



Amy Austin Holmes, a Fellow with the Wilson Center’s Middle East Program, is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the American University in Cairo. She began teaching there in 2008, after finishing her PhD at Johns Hopkins University. She has been awarded fellowships from Harvard University, Brown University, the Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, and the Institute of Advanced Studies in Toulouse. Her research focuses on the intersection of contentious politics and security issues, broadly defined. Her book “Social Unrest and American Military Bases in Turkey and Germany since 1945” was recently published by Cambridge University Press. She also wrote and directed the 67-minute documentary film “Occupy Turkey: Resistance in Baseworld,” as a companion piece to the book. Her articles have appeared in the Washington Post, South Atlantic Quarterly, Journal of Arabian Studies, Social Movement Studies, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


John Milewski is the executive producer and managing editor of Wilson Center NOW and also serves as director of Wilson Center ON DEMAND digital programming. Previously he served as host and producer of Dialogue at the Wilson Center and Close Up on C-SPAN. He also teaches a course on politics and media for Penn State’s Washington Program.